Portales past: March 5, 1950

March 5, 1950: The Portales Daily News: East Ward and Lindsey Grade won top honors Saturday in the annual Jubilee all-day basketball tournament in the high school and junior high gymnasiums, Director Fred Hinger reported.

Record-setting cold

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Temperatures fell below 10 degrees and schools were delayed Wednesday, but law enforcement officials reported few traffic problems. National Weather Service meteorologist Annette Mokry said the high in the Portales area Wednesday was 8 degrees, breaking the record for Feb. 2 lowest maximum temperature, 21 degrees, set in 1996. Mokry said Wednesday night was expected […]

Grass fire consumes 150 acres

Freedom New Mexico A grass fire Friday morning northeast of Portales burned about 150 acres, according to a fire department spokesman. No one was injured in the blaze reported about 11:31 a.m., said Portales Fire Department Lt. Floyd Hancock. Hancock said the fire started on Highway 467 and spread to Roosevelt Roads 2 and 3. […]

Portales man held on burglary charges

PNT staff A Portales man has been arrested in connection with three commercial burglaries, police said. Nasario Maldonado, 28, is charged with three counts of felony burglary, according to a news release Monday from the Portales Police Department. The burglaries include one at a business in the 600 block of West Second Street reported Nov. […]

Portales past: Aug. 4, 1950

Aug. 4, 1950: Final plans for the new Portales Hotel were in the hands of the Lambie Construction Co. Orders were being rushed for all materials needed to complete the structure, the Portales Daily News reported.

Possible drugs found at Curry jail

Freedom New Mexico Jail Administrator Keith Norwood said a detention officer found what appeared to be drugs Thursday in the lobby of the Curry County jail. Records show the discovery was reported just before midnight. Norwood described it as a “medium amount” of an unknown substance. The substance is being tested and the sheriff has […]

Portales Past: July 8, 1941

July 8, 1941: Lee Trammel, a rancher in the Arch community, reported he’d lost four yearlings so far this year to lightning strikes.

Portales past: June 15, 1950

June 15, 1950: A suspected hog thief exchanged gunfire with Portales police as they tried to arrest him. No one was injured in the battle, but Burrus Jasper escaped capture. The Portales Daily News reported he’d had a series of run-ins with the law, including convictions for stealing jewelry and chickens.

Portales past: June 12, 1945

June 12, 1945: Portales mourned the death of former Eastern New Mexico College student Sgt. Melvin E. Jones. Military officials reported three years earlier that Jones was missing in action while serving with the National Guard on the Philippine Islands. Family members received word this week that Jones had died on July 28, 1942.

Portales past: June 9, 1910

June 9, 1910: The news from Causey, as reported in the Roosevelt County Herald: “Everything is calm and serene at Causey; some grumbling but that don’t cut any ice.”